YORK, Pa. – The York College field hockey team defeated the Wesley College Wolverines 3-2 in double overtime Saturday afternoon at Kinsley Field. Katie Petrillo (Howell, N.J. / Freehold Township) buried the game winner with 11:30 remaining in the second overtime period.
The first 20 minutes consisted of a possession battle, each team fighting to control the early stages of the contest. Tight defense kept the shot total to a minimum before senior Jillian Brezgel (Herndon, Pa. / Line Mountain) tallied her fifth goal of the season. The goal was set up by a battle for a loose ball lying at the mouth of the goal, Brezgel was able to locate the ball and sneak it past Wolverine goalkeeper Sarah Daniels.
Following two Wolverine goals over the course of the next nine minutes, senior Kailey Brewer (Hartly, Del. / Smyrna) knotted the game at two with her team high eighth goal on the season. Like Brezgel, Brewer was able to bury a goal to the near side following a scramble in front of the cage.
The 2-2 score would stand through the second half, which included a goalie change by the Wolverines to start the half. Much like the early stages of the contest, the second half saw a back and forth affair, neither team able to separate themselves from the other.
The Green and White dominated the first overtime session, however the Wolverine defense would not break. The Spartan offense would fire three shots on target to no avail. The up-tempo Spartans continued playing strong in the extra time in the early stages of the second overtime. Following a penalty corner Petrillo maneuvered to a shooting lane where she fired a shot that was blocked and buried the rebound home to seal the victory for the Spartans. The goal is Petrillo's third tally of the year.
Spartan goalkeeper Abby Baker (Baltimore, Md. / Mercy) had a strong outing stopping nine of 11 shots on goal. The Green and White had the advantage in total shots by a count of 24-14, while Wesley would take more penalty corners by a count of 16-11.
The win pulls the Spartans to 4-9 on the year, while sporting a 1-3 conference record. The Green and White is back in action on Tuesday October 22, when the travel to Juniata.